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Number of Traffic Tickets Since 'Vision Zero' Began Soars, Study Finds

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Mayor Bill de Blasio's traffic safety program seems to be working as planned as new numbers show the city has issued more tickets this year and pedestrian traffic fatalities also dropped.

The mayor kicked off the "Vision Zero" initiative six months ago, with the goal of reducing traffic deaths across the city.

A study by Transportation Alternatives shows the number of tickets written for traffic violations went up sharply from last year.

The report says summonses for speeding are up 32 percent from 2013, while tickets for failing to yield have skyrocketed more than 150 percent.

Despite the changes, some people who spoke with NY1 say they are not seeing behaviors change on the road.

"New Yorkers don't ever look up. We're always down playing on something so we don't look up and see where we're going," said one pedestrian.

"It's a crazy place to cross the street, it's always packed with vehicles. The cabs are wild and its a bit of a wild west here with the cabs zooming in and out," said another pedestrian.

So far this year, 70 pedestrians have been killed in traffic accidents, compared to 87 last year.

The number of non-fatal pedestrians accidents reported is also down, dropping seven percent from a year ago.

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